OAEC supports diverse communities to design their own regenerative systems at the regional and local scale.
Our cookbook is a collection of inventive recipes inspired by seasonal eating from our biodiverse Mother Garden, orchards and Wildlands Preserve.
Experience the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center through a video tour and beautiful photographs of our Guest Houses, Meeting Room, Bathhouse, Kitchen & Dining Room, Mother Garden and more.
Our Biodiversity Nursery offers thousands of varieties of open-pollinated plants through our three seasonal Plant Sale events (focused on annual plants) and numerous Perennials weekends.
OAEC offers the longest consistently running two-week Permaculture Design Certification course in the West. Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem.
Our School Garden Teacher Training supports schools to integrate the school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Training supports your school in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps you build a strong cohort of colleagues. Our residential training is for individuals or teams of teachers, garden educators, administrators and core parent volunteers.
Both courses follow the same format.
Overnight visitors to OAEC sleep in beautiful, spacious guest accommodations overlooking our gardens. Alternately, you are welcome to camp in our Wildlands Preserve. Our accommodations are clean, lovely and spacious, with easy access to modern bathroom facilities. You will enjoy three delicious, organic, hearty vegetarian meals a day, with produce sourced from our gardens and orchards or from local farms.
Course and retreat participants at OAEC can also expect to experience powerful personal transformation, deep education and inspiring networking opportunities.
Thanks to grant support we receive, the inclusive training fee is $850 per participant for individuals and $800 per person for members of school teams (2 or more from the same school). This covers materials, instruction & staff costs and onsite accommodations including homemade, organic and vegetarian meals during the training. We cannot offer additional scholarships. Thank you for understanding the value of this opportunity. A $300 deposit per team member is due upon acceptance to hold your space.
If you cancel with less than 30 days notice prior to the start date of the course, this deposit is not refundable. However, any balance paid beyond the deposit will be refunded. If you give more than 30 days notice, you will be refunded your registration and deposit fees. All refund requests must be made by the course participant or credit card holder. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.
Through a combination of hands-on sessions and presentations of best practices by experts in the field, we teach participants the basics of organic gardening, permaculture garden design, curricular integration, team building, community organizing, fundraising and more.
By connecting to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards with a STEM focus, we support school teams in integrating the instructional school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
Participants gain experience in:
Contact Resilient Community Design Director Kendall Dunnigan to discuss your district’s participation.
Participants will be inspired to integrate the following content and place-based systems into their schools:
Through Sonoma State University, participants can receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units or 2 units of Academic Credit. If you wish to receive credits, please bring a separate check or credit card. Current fees are $60 for the CEUs, and $110 for Academic Credits. To receive these units, participants must attend all five days of the session.